Instructs readers on how to care for the miniature dog, including advice on finding a breeder, proper nutrition and health issues, and behavior and training.
With their apple heads, big round eyes, large pointy ears, saucy expressions, and feisty dispositions, Chihuahuas are one of the most beloved breeds of toy dogs in the world. But these frisky little dogs aren’t for everyone. Consummate lap dogs, they thrive on attention and constant contact with their owners, and are miserable when left alone. As pups they’re extremely fragile, although they do outlive bigger breeds by many years. Housebreaking can be a problem with Chihuahuas, but on the other hand, they’re very smart, love performing tricks and they never forget what they learn. Some have a tendency to shyness, but a well-socialized Chihuahua can be every bit as bold as a pit bull.Is this plucky little pooch the right dog for you and your family? Chihuahuas For Dummies provides the answer to this and all your questions about getting, caring for and living with this loveable breed. Award-winning breeder, trainer, author and long-time Chihuahua lover, Jacqueline O’Neil Beauchamp gets you up and running with what you need to know to:Find and communicate with reputable breedersChoose the right Chihuahua for youHousebreak and socialize your new puppyEducate yourself and your dogHandle behavioral problemsParticipate in competitionsIn friendly, down-to-earth language, Jacqueline provides insights into the Chihuahua temperament and loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice, along with fun facts and Chihuahua trivia. Discover how to:Decide on whether a male or female is right for youFind and choose your new friend and bring him or her homeUnderstand how to communicate with your ChihuahuaTrain your little peanutFind a good trainer and attend classesDeal with emotional conflictsFeed and exercise your little amigoRecognize, prevent and treat common health problemsHave loyal friend for lifeThe indispensable guide for you and your Chihuahua, Chihuahuas For Dummies is the only book you’ll need to help you have the best possible experience with this saucy and affectionate breed of dog.